Game Day Edition: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Calgary Flames
10:00pm (ET) on FSOH, RSNW
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
The Blue Jackets western Canada road trip continues tonight against the Calgary Flames. It is safe to say that last night did not go as planned in Edmonton, a point streak ending 7-0 shutout to a team that has struggled both offensively and defensively has a way of dampening the good feelings that have surrounded this team recently.
While the fans will not be able to forgive and forget overnight, the CBJ need to pretend last night didn’t happen and just come out with fresh legs tonight. Normally, reflecting and learning from a loss is important, but last night was so bad, it is probably more beneficial for the Jackets to just pretend it never happened. Now they must get back to winning and show last night’s performance was a fluke.
Calgary had a day off after a 5-4 SO win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. Calgary had a 4-3 lead going into the final minutes of the third, but surrendered the tying goal with 5.6 seconds left. It was the 4th time Calgary lost the lead in the game. This was all following a game against Edmonton on Saturday where Calgary squandered a 2-0 3rd period lead, to lose 4-2 to the Oilers. Monday’s win against Winnipeg ended a 6 game losing streak, but also showed that holding a lead has been a problem for Calgary. The Flames were off to a hot start at the beginning of the season, but they have since fallen back to Earth.
The last time the Jackets and Flames met was the CBJ home opener on October 4th. In that game, it was the Blue Jackets who allowed the Flames to creep back into the game. Two goals (42 seconds apart) from Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glenncross in the third period gave Calgary a 4-3 win, spoiling the home opener for the Jackets.
Next up we will take a look at some stats for tonight’s game, some interesting notes, as well as the Union and Blue Song for the Game!